A little over four months after the coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, China, it has infected at least 5 million individuals, claimed over 300,000 lives and brought the world economy to a standstill. As the world takes steps to curb the spread of the virus, technology has proven crucial, allowing governments and businesses to keep operating from home and helping workers and customers stay safe. And as experts say we may be grappling with the coronavirus for at least two more years, the role of technology in our daily lives is even more important.
Cannabis was lucky enough to be declared an essential service by most state governments, and businesses were allowed to implement extra measures to keep the staff and customers safe during transactions, such as online bookings, curbside pickups and home deliveries. All these tech-dependent measures are now an integral part of most cannabis businesses’ operations, and they may be moving forward. But that isn’t the only way technology can help the cannabis industry.
Product safety and security is crucial for consumable products like cannabis. Unfortunately, a lot of the cannabis on the market is substandard, with customers being subjected to contaminated, rotten or generally substandard marijuana. This not only affects the customer’s immediate experience and hinders any health benefits it may offer, but it gives the industry a bad reputation. With the right technology, however, low quality marijuana will be a thing of the past.
Keirton’s Twister Trimmer, for instance, strips large volumes of cannabis flower of its low quality leaves and removes mildew and other contaminants.
Technology can also boost production and efficiency. In these times, the fewer people who handle your marijuana the better. World Health Organization and CDC guidelines require operators to dramatically limit the number of employees permitted on site due to the coronavirus pandemic, and for them to maintain and even increase their production output, they will need suitable technology. Automation will reduce the number of hands needed to process cannabis flower, keeping the entire process and the end result safe and hygienic. Due to the changing economy and health guidelines, automation may be the only way for cannabis companies to keep operating in the future.
Overall product quality and consistency will be assured once technology comes into play. Emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence will help detect low quality flower and contaminants, ensuring the overall quality of the end product remains high. In addition, automation will keep the entire process uniform, resulting in a consistent product that customers can trust every time.
At the moment, product safety and security is paramount, and companies that uphold these values will be able to weather the storm caused by the coronavirus and emerge on the other side in one piece.
It would be interesting to learn what next-gen technology systems established cannabis companies like SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING) are deploying during this pandemic and beyond.
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